Baseball: Clutch Base Running, Defense Lead Jamestown Over Lafayette in Thriller

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Jamestown celebration Michael Schmidt Garrick Colorado tag Daniel Blankinship Andre Lipcius

Jamestown mobs Garrick Colorado after the game-saving out at home. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

 

With Lafayette's Luc Lipcius sprinting toward home plate in an attempt to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jamestown left fielder Christopher Jones found the ball in his glove thinking one thing: "Got him."

Lipcius was in the process of stealing second base when a wild pitch from Jamestown pitcher Garrick Colorado allowed him to move to third.

Jamestown catcher Kevin Mooney threw the ball to third in an attempt to get Lipcius out, but the third baseman misplayed the ball, which rolled into left field and into the glove of Christopher Jones.

In the heat of the moment, with his team trailing 3-2 in front of a packed crowd at William & Mary's Plumeri Park, Lafayette Coach Rick Schenk waved Lipcius home.

"When I saw him being waved home, I said 'Yes! Please do it. We've got him,'" Jamestown Coach Mike Kuebler said after the game.

He was right.

Christopher Jones rifled the ball toward home plate, where Colorado was waiting to make the tag. Colorado leaped into the air, collected the ball and tagged Lipcius out, recording the game's final out before being mobbed by his teammates at home plate.

"I trusted Garrick [Colorado] would be there," Christopher Jones said of the play. "It just shows that we have each other's back. I've never seen team chemistry like this before."

Jamestown was fortunate to make it past the top of the seventh inning. With Jamestown trailing 2-1, facing two outs and two runners on base, Kevin Mooney delivered a hard grounder to third base.

Lafayette's third baseman collected the ball and sent it sailing wide of first base. Jamestown's Noah Scruggs, who began the play at second base, and Roger Romero, who was on first, took advantage of the miscue and rounded the bases to cross home plate, putting the Eagles on top 3-2.

"Once again our backs were against the wall, and this team just knows how to win," Kuebler said. "This was a team win. Everybody pitched in to make this win happen."

Jamestown (14-3) has now won five consecutive games with a home game against Tabb looming on Friday. Lafayette (11-5) will look to rebound on Friday at home against Warhill.

Jamestown: 010;000;2 — 3 3 1
Lafayette: 001;010;0 — 2 5 2

WP: Garrick Colorado
LP: Daniel Blankinship

Jamestown: Kent Klyman (1-3, RBI), Evan Lowery (1-2, R)
Lafayette: Luc Lipcius (2-4, R), Daniel Blankinship (1-2)

Baseball: Clutch Base Running, Defense Lead Jamestown Over Lafayette in Thriller